Educators take 'Black Lives Matter' message into Baltimore schools

Diamonte Brown stood at the front of Western High School’s auditorium wearing a shirt that read, “Black lives matter at school.” The English teacher told the few dozen students, teachers and community advocates gathered there that Baltimore students need to learn from a curriculum based on black empowerment — one that expands on narratives of black history before 1600 and also reflects the experiences of a student body that is roughly 80 percent African-American. “Our liberation depends on all students, not just black students, getting an education that challenges and changes the structures of systemic racism,” Brown said. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County schools awarded contract to group that had paid Dallas Dance

The Baltimore County school system last year awarded two contracts worth $1.5 million to a research organization that had previously paid former superintendent Dallas Dance as a consultant, records show. Dance did not disclose to the county that he had worked for the research organization, American Institutes for Research, as is required. His $1,500 payment by the company for consulting work in 2015 is detailed in last month’s indictment of Dance by a Baltimore County grand jury. (Balt. Sun)

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Lawmakers call for ethics review of Baltimore County school board, officials

Six Maryland lawmakers on Thursday called for establishing an annual ethics review of Baltimore County school officials to help them flag potential conflicts of interest — a process they say could “restore confidence” in the system following the criminal charges filed against former superintendent Dallas Dance. The six Baltimore County senators who signed the Feb. 8 letter sent to interim Superintendent Verletta White also requested that she and the school board expand a pending audit of district contracts to examine work awarded to firms affiliated with professional organizations that have paid White and Dance as consultants. (Balt. Sun)

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New middle school boundary lines in Salisbury up for a vote next week

The Wicomico Board of Education is proposing moving 150 students out of Bennett Middle School to prevent overcrowding, amid outcry from parents and community members worried about the impact on children.  A total of 90 students would be moved to Salisbury Middle School and 60 students to Wicomico Middle School beginning next academic year because of redrawn boundaries. (Daily Times)

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School-based health center works to keep kids in class, out of emergency rooms

Running around the school yard during recess used to leave Eugene Pennington wheezing. The third-grader at KIPP Harmony Academy in North Baltimore has asthma, a condition that can make it difficult for him to breathe when he plays football or baseball. School nurse Katherine Bissett noticed how often Eugene was coming to the health clinic in the afternoons with chest pains and a racing heart. So she referred the 8-year-old to the doctor whose office is just a few feet away, and together they drew up a plan for Eugene to visit Bissett each day before recess to get a few preventative puffs of his inhaler. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard schools trim spring break schedule in wake of winter closings

Howard County schools announced Thursday night that classes will be held during the second half of this year’s spring break -- on April 5, 6 and 7 -- as makeup days for inclement weather cancellations. The school system also will hold a half-day of classes with a three-hour early dismissal on May 18, originally scheduled as a professional development day for teachers. June 18 will be used as a makeup professional development day. June 15 is held as the last makeup day built into the instructional calendar that can be used before the school system must seek a state waiver to a requirement of a 180-day school year. (Columbia Flier)

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UM Professor Developing Tech To Prove Flu Can Spread Through Breathing

A University of Maryland professor is developing technology to prove that the flu can be spread from just breathing. The brainchild of University of Maryland professor Dr. Donald Milton, the Gesundheit II, requires the patient to breathe and let the machine do the rest of the work. “It just is pulling all of the air from around your face at a fast enough rate that we collect everything but not so fast that it feels like there’s a breeze,” Dr. Milton said. (WJZ-CBS)

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Harford to hold school superintendent search input forums Feb. 21 in Bel Air, Aberdeen

The Harford County Board of Education will hold a series of public input forums later this month as part of the search for the school’s system’s next superintendent, the school system announced Thursday. The forums will be conducted by the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, or MABE, which the Harford board has hired to lead the search to replace Superintendent Barbara Canavan, who has announced her retirement effective June 30. Canavan is in her fifth year as superintendent. MABE, a lobbying organization that represents the interests of Maryland’s 24 local boards of education, is being paid $29,000 by the Harford board to conduct the superintendent search. (Aegis)

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